I don’t know what happened yesterday but after I worked out, I ate a quick lunch, did some stuff, and then all of a sudden it was dinner time and Sam and I were at an All You Can Eat Korean BBQ restaurant. Let’s just say I ate all I could eat. And then some.
DAY 16 RECAP:
My Fit Journal looks empty, but umm – that dinner box right there – it tells you what I ate but nowt how much I ate. Honestly you guys, I really do believe that I could be a competitive eater. There’s a part of me that wants to devour burritos the size of babies and also inhale burgers as big as my face so that I can win a free shirt and have my photo on some random wall of fame. I’m gonna make a promise to myself that I will do this before I die. (I hope it’s not the death of me :P)
This was lunch after my lifting workout. Chicken drumsticks. Baba ganoush. Butter lettuce with some sriracha dressing that I bought and don’t like. Lunch was ok.
Now…on to much more interesting things.
KBBQ. All you can eat KBBQ!
I was super excited to eat out with Sam. Trying out new restaurants is a thing we love doing. When we first started dating, we literally gained like 10 lbs right away because of this. Haha. We had a phase in college where I wanted to try out all of the fast food burgers and fries and compare them against each other. Ya. Times were different :P
These days, I eat a lot more specifically, so it can be hard for us to enjoy a random meal out. I always have to check the menu first, which I totally don’t mind doing. I love trying new flavors – it inspires me to cook with different ingredients, which makes me a better cook.
Anyway, back to KBBQ.
This picture looks all innocent but just multiply the amount of food you see by like 8. Haha.
Technically, Korean BBQ is super safe for Keto peeps. If you get the non-marinated meat and eat it with the salad, you’re good. The oil and salt for dipping is good too. You just gotta stay away from the marinated meats (they can have a lot of sugar) and the rice that comes with the meal.
None of that was a problem for me. But before we sat down, Sam and I promised each other that we would not overeat.
WHO WERE WE KIDDING.
IT WAS AN ALL YOU CAN EAT RESTAURANT.
And if my parents have ever taught me anything, it’s that buffets are meant for eating so much that you make the restaurant lose money on you!
So, as much as I tried to contain myself, I couldn’t. My upbringing won. I had to bring honor to my ancestors!!! Plus it was too much fun feeding my bottomless pit of a stomach.
And you know what? It’s ok. Sam and I left dinner, stuffed, but very happy.
This was the first day in my 90 day journey that I went pretty wild. But I own it and I don’t regret it one bit. Although I’m not counting calories, I know I ate a lot – even if all the food I consumed was keto friendly. An excess of calories is still an excess of energy, which has the potential to be stored as extra fat.
In the big picture, it’s one tiny setback. But I know it won’t affect my end result. In fact, it strengthens my journey. Every time I fail, I have a chance to practice resilience and come back even stronger.
So, if you’re on a diet right now and you plan to eat out – here are my tips:
- Check the menu first. Make sure the restaurant has something you can eat. If they don’t, don’t go there!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions. I do this all the time. Even if it annoys the waiter.
- If the portion looks huge, ask for a to-go box and box up half of it right away so that it’s not staring at you, and also so you that you can eat it later. Yay for a “free” second meal!
- All you can eat places are pretty much never a good idea :P
Where do you guys typically like eating out? What’s your fave cuisine?